Understanding, embracing, and celebrating different ways of thinking and doing can release the true power of the ASD mind. Many people on the autism spectrum are better equipped than NTs in the following areas:
- Absorbing and retaining facts
- Attention to detail
- Deep focus
- Logical thinking ability
- Memorizing and learning information quickly
- Observational skills
- Thinking and learning in a visual way
You have great things to offer, and with that, I offer you the following tips for empowerment:
1. Anything that you’re willing to do - that most people are not - gives you an enormous advantage in life.
2. Before you are able to be good at something, you must first suck at it.
3. Everything great involves sacrifice - and includes some sort of cost.
4. Everything sucks "some" of the time. A few things suck "all" of the time. That's the life experience for ALL people - not just you.
5. Get off your ass and discover what "feels" important to you.
6. Find a problem you care about - and start solving it. The feeling of "making a difference" is ultimately what’s most important for your own joy.
7. Find those one or two undertakings that are bigger than yourself - and bigger than those around you. It’s not about some huge accomplishment, but merely finding a PRODUCTIVE way to spend your limited time here on Earth.
8. Nothing is pleasurable or uplifting all of the time.
9. To achieve great things, you must go against the herd mentality.
10. Welcome "feels of embarrassment." Feeling stupid is part of the path to achieving something important and meaningful. The more a major undertaking freaks you out, the more you should be doing it.
11. What determines your resiliency is how you ride out the inevitable rotten days.
12. Yes, you're "wired differently," but neurotypicals have their own wiring problems - make no mistake about it!
Happy Holidays, Mark Hutten, M.A.